Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Program ID:MIT-MKI-TESSGIP [#7383]
Program Title: Research Scientist: TESS Guest Investigator Program Scientist
Program Type:Postdoctoral
Location:Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Astronomy
Appl Deadline: finished (posted 2016/09/15, finished 2017/09/25)

*** this program has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI) seeks a research scientist position in the area of computational science. The candidate will be expected to participate in development and operational activities associated with the Guest Investigator Program on the MKI-led Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which is scheduled for launch by NASA in 2017.

TESS is expected to discover thousands of exoplanets in orbit around the brightest stars in the sky. This first-ever space borne all-sky transit survey of the solar neighborhood will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants, around a wide range of stellar types and orbital distances.

The position will provide for time to carry out self-motivated and collaborative exoplanet research in an environment that includes TESS and MIT research scientists, astronomers, and engineers developing and operating high-precision optical CCD photometers for space borne instruments. Research collaborators also include active participants in the MIT Department of Physics and Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, as well as members of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

REQUIRED: a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or related field, with previously demonstrated initiative and experience in working independently. Qualified applicants should submit a CV, publications list and statement of research interests to this site and should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The start date is nominally Fall 2016.

Initial appointment is for three years, renewable for a fourth and fifth depending on performance and funding.

U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
MIT Kavli Institute
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139

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